After using Backtrack-Linux for a long time, I found out how easy it was to compromise anyone's security. I also noticed how ill-informed people where about how easy it would be to do. So, I decided to create a guide about some of the biggest threats on personal security, to help people protect themselves.

This guide is an expansion on a PDF guide I created, to make it simpler to follow.
http://deadbot.net/dontgetpwned.pdf   (The PDF file, read it) 

Step 1: PDF files

PDF files are very insecure, and can easily get you infected, if the PDF is from a malicious person.

Examples of what an attacker could do:

1) Using metasploit, add a hidden payload to the PDF, containing a Trojan virus.
2) You open the PDF, and your computer is infected without you even knowing.

NOTE: Antivirus software can only detect known viruses. If someone create a custom coded virus, and somehow gets it on your computer, no antivirus software will detect it.
people actually still use IE? Whenever I work on anyone's computer or install an os I always install chrome and Firefox so at least they have a chance of being a productive human... lol. tor is awesome but I'm curious as to the effectiveness of the android app.
<p>Have you tried any software instead? </p><p>Instead of going through steps, why not download software. I use Data Protecto and it has been running fine. All i have to do is click and my files get encrypted. I can also lock my folders with the same software Data Protecto so why go for complicated steps which i might forget at some point of time. Guys try Data Protecto instead.</p>
Please tell me you change the default root passwd on your backtrack box
Personally, I like Google chrome for its minimalistic interface that still has lots of hidden features. And it looks pretty.
I have to disagree about Chrome. (Granted; it's better than IE, but then that doesn't take much... does it?) I find firefox to still be the best browser. It doesn't slow down the computer like Chrome, and I like the interface better.<br><br>That's just my opinion... which is worth what you paid for it. ;)<br><br>Other than that... good instructable. These are all great practices.
Remember people- Targeting people who use Internet explorer is a crime of discrimination against the not so smart. You shouldn't take advantage of them just because they are easy to take advantage of.

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